At long last, the countdown is over, and the day has finally arrived. Today we celebrate the first-ever World Cerebral Palsy Day and the kick-off of the World CP Challenge! These global campaigns are meant to serve as a catalyst for innovative change for the 17 million people living with CP across the globe.
“The World CP Challenge and World CP Day provide a great way for people around the world to step up, get involved, and support the approximately 57 million Americans living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, as well as the estimated 650 million individuals worldwide. By committing to just one month of activities, people can make a lasting difference for those living with and impacted by CP and other disabilities,” said Stephen Bennett, President & CEO of UCP. “I challenge everyone to take part and walk, step, or roll their way to supporting people with cerebral palsy around the world.”
So, what’s in a day?
- As we celebrate World CP Day, head over to worldcpday.org and submit an idea you have on what would make the world a better place for those living with CP. Afterward, be sure to vote for your favorite submissions. Ideas and voting will be open through September 30. In October a panel will review the most popular submissions and select a number of them to put forth in a global campaign, seeking inventors to make them a reality!
- Have a Facebook page or blog? Use one of our World CP Day avatars as your profile image.
- For those participating in the World CP Challenge, don’t forget to clip on your pedometers and log your daily activity! Looking to step off on the right ‘foot’ and celebrate World CP Day? The proceeds you help fundraise will go toward vital services and groundbreaking research to help people with CP. So spread the word; let everyone know about the virtual mountain you’re climbing and why it’s so important to you and the people we serve. When you log in to the Challenge website, click over to the “Raise Funds” section and you’ll see an area to send a pre-written email and below that, a variety of posters to put up in your office.